ITS a hair thing - October 2021

Welcome to the October issue of ITS a hair thing!

End Point Assessment success!

End Point Assessment success

Team ITS extends huge congratulations to the following apprentices who passed their End Point Assessments in September:

George, Marc Daniel
Emma, The Colour House
Alyssa, The Colour House
Rhiannon, Arc Hairdressing (Distinction)

*EXTENDED* - Level 2 Hair Professional Covid-19 adaptions

We are delighted to confirm that City and Guilds have extended the end date for the COVID-19 adaptions for the Level2 Hair Professional. These adaptions which permit the temporary removal of the minimum number of observations to complete a hairdressing unit and the discretion to complete one of the two perms through evidence on a head block will remain in place until 31st December 2021. Units must be completed and submitted for IQA by this date - please speak to your Trainer/Assessor or Liz Taylor if you have any queries.

Have you claimed your "hire a new apprentice” incentive?

If you employed a new apprentice between 1st April 2021 and 30th Septemberand they started their apprenticeship (were signed up by us) by 30th November you have until 30th November to make your claim for the incentive. As with the previous scheme, YOU are responsible for making the claim via the apprenticeship service (we cannot do this for you) - but we don't want you missing out!

If you have an apprentice on the apprenticeship service, that meets the eligibility criteria, you must make your claim on the apprenticeship service by the deadline of 30th November. Please be aware that you will be asked to accept a declaration on the apprenticeship service to confirm you meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme.

How to claim

  1. Login to your apprenticeship service account (you will need to use the email that you set the account up with and password you created).
  2. Scroll to the "finance" section and click on it.
  3. You should see "apply for the hire a new apprentice payment". Click on it.
  4. Follow the instructions on each page.
  5. Please note you will need the salon bank details to hand.

Don't miss out!

If you have an apprentice that you employed between 1st April and 30th September, but they are yet to start their apprenticeship - you may need to act fast. If we already have their application, we should have them already scheduled in for the skills check followed by their sign up. If we do not yet have their application, you are running out of time! As you know, we must perform a skills check/initial assessment/prior learning assessment ahead of any sign up. This then informs whether any adjustments need to be made to the duration, content, and funding of the apprenticeship, which is then used to prepare the necessary sign-up paperwork. The skills check therefore must be a separate visit to the sign up. We therefore only have October to do the skills check in order to be able prepare the paperwork and carry out the sign up ahead of the 30th November deadline.

ITS Employer Feedback Survey

A reminder that the ITS Employer Feedback survey is live and the deadline for completion has been extended to 31st October.

The survey has been designed to be quick and easy to complete and less time consuming than our usual courtesy calls.

We really do value your feedback, so we would be extremely grateful if you could take 5 minutes to complete. You can use the link below, which takes you straight to the short survey:


We look forward to hearing your feedback!

NHBF State of the Industry survey

The latest National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) State of the Industry survey demonstrates that as COVID restrictions have eased over the summer and we move into the autumn, hair, beauty and barbering businesses are operating in a difficult environment but showing growing evidence of resilience and getting back on their feet.

The survey received 916 responses between 9-20 September 2021. It gathered views from a good representation of businesses in the Personal Care sector across all areas including city centres, town centres and villages in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The key findings are:

  • 43% are breaking even, with another 43% making either a small or good profit, up from the previous survey in June.
  • Around 40% of respondents raised their prices over the last three months. A further 40% will do so over the next three months.
  • Two thirds (66%) of businesses remain either partially or entirely reliant on Government support, slightly down from June when this was the case for 80%.

Staffing, recruitment and apprentices

  • In the next three months, 27% will definitely or are likely to take on new staff, up from 16% in June.
  • With furlough changes imminent, only 9% are considering staff redundancies over the next three months, with 30% unsure.
  • Over the last three months, 14% have cut back on apprentices

Looking to the future

  • Business confidence in the sector is firming up, with nearly two thirds (63%) confident of their survival. This is much the same as in June, and as before, the level of uncertainty remains somewhat higher in the beauty sector.
  • There are signs of recovery: over 40% say that they intend to grow their business, 46% remain the same size and only 14% downsize or handover the business.

Richard Lambert, chief executive of the NHBF says, "Ours is a resilient industry. Prior to the pandemic, barbershops and nail bars were propping up the high street. This latest survey shows real recovery and an overall optimistic outlook with 40% of salons saying they expect to grow.

"This is not a sector that has gone running to the government for help every time it faces a difficult time, but it is still fragile. It's heartening to see the prospect of job losses receding, but there are also signs that any further restrictions could have a devastating effect. The government needs to maintain its support for these salons and barbershops to ensure they recover fully, continuing to provide employment and making a significant contribution to the economy as well as to the nation's health and well-being."

In 2019 the NHBF reported that UK's 45,000 salon business' (hair, beauty and barbershops) delivered a combined turnover of £8 billion.

Plastic Packaging Tax guides

In addition to the recently-updated guidance for all businesses which will be affected by the Plastic Packaging Tax, coming in next April, HMRC has produced two decision tree guides, to help businesses navigate the new tax: "Is your packaging in scope of Plastic Packaging Tax?", and "Are you liable to register for Plastic Packaging Tax?".

We love to celebrate the achievements of learners and partner salons. Please let us know if you have something to share!

Congratulations! to the following apprentices who reached gateway in September:

Pippa McLaren
Hollie-Mai Budd
Grace Bonner
Leah Burnham
Lilly Wilkins
Lucy Matthews
Sophie Ballantyne

Congratulations! to the following apprentices who are on track to achieve timely:

Bethany Milburn
Taylor Arentsen
Lola Steede
Jessica Jordan
Erin Sharpin
Lucy Titheridge
Ellie Nash
Pia Jones
Kiera Bancroft
Lottie Friend
Alyssia Kernot
Olivia Hurst
Georgia Irving

Welcome! to the following apprentices who joined programme in September:

Amelia Oldman
Caitlin Bolt
Sydney Tabor
Ellie West
Lucy Evans
Lucy Mann
Hollie Lewry
Evie Smith
Rosie O'Neil
Connie Pallett
Lucy Turner
Roisin Ashby

Welcome! to the following partner salons who joined our network in September:

Master Colourists, Guildford

Apprentice of the month!

Another month of incredible talent! and once again, an extremely hard task to select this month's winner. Team ITS extends huge congratulations to Lily from Pure Hair (Slide number 3) who has been voted Apprentice of the Month!

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Have a great month!

Kind regards
Lauren Pullen
Head of Provision
Inter Training Services Ltd
Mobile: 07875 303317
Web: www.its-ltd.net

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